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TBARTA Master Plan 2013 Update

TBARTA (Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority) updates its Master Plan every other year. This ensures the vision continues to reflect the needs and desires for a balanced transportation system that will improve mobility of passengers and freight throughout the region.  The 2013 Master Plan Update is a minor update to refine the transit, freight, and roadway networks,…

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New MV-1 Paratransit Vehicle

HART is investing in the future with distinctive looking MV-1 vehicles, which look like a cross between a boxy hybrid SUV and a minivan. There are a number of smart, budget-conscious, customer-centric reasons to transition to the MV-1: Savings and comfort! The MV-1 costs less, has better fuel economy, and is more comfortable A pioneer,…

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TOD Committee Focuses on Bus Rapid Transit and Development

Earlier this year, HART established a committee to explore the potential for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines to stimulate transit oriented development (TOD). The committee comprises the public and private sector, including realtors, builders, economic development experts, community redevelopment managers, and staff from the Planning Commission and MPO. Chaired by Tampa City Councilman and HART…

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COST Advocates Effective Transportation & Transparency

In March, Hillsborough Rides profiled Connect Tampa Bay, a grassroots transit advocacy organization.  This issue, we highlight another group with a distinctly different take on transit, adding its voice to the ongoing dialogue about our transportation alternatives.  The MPO welcomes constructive suggestions from all individuals or groups. Citizens Organized for Sound Transportation (COST) has emerged…

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Sunshine Line Earns Commendation

The Board of County Commissioners recognized the Sunshine Line for consistently high standards over the past five years, meeting or exceeding all minimum industry standards for reliability, being on time, and safety. Annually, the Sunshine Line provides 200,000 door-to-door trips for clients to get to medical facilities, aging services, daycare, and senior nutrition sites. Non-medical…

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Five Counties, One Farecard

A working group consisting of HART technical, operations,  and marketing staff as well and regional representatives from Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), Polk County Transit Services, and the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District (Citrus Connection) has been formed with the goals of: Understanding the current market for both the fare box technology and the technological…

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Former Disney Exec to Run Statewide Rail Project

All Aboard Florida, a privately funded $1 billion passenger railroad project that would connect Orlando to Miami, and possibly Tampa, named onetime Disney executive Donald Robinson co-president and chief operating officer. A wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Coral Gables-based Florida East Coast Industries, All Aboard Florida also promoted executive P. Michael Reininger to president and…

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TomTom beats about congestion

How bad our traffic was on Friday, February 17, 2012?  According to TomTom, it was worst day last year in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area. How do they know? TomTom is a major maker of Global Positioning System (GPS) devices.  Over the past six years, they have captured over six trillion anonymous speed measurements from…

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Public Transportation reached new heights in 2012 with 10.5 Billion Rides

Ridership on buses, subways and other modes of public transportation in the USA rose 1.5% to 10.5 billion trips last year, the highest annual total since 2008, according to a new report. Although Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath slowed ridership on some of the nation’s largest transit systems, at least 16 systems reported record ridership…

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County Commission forms Transportation Leadership Group

After listening to the public comment for more than an hour, on March 20th the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to establish a leadership group made up of themselves, the mayors of Plant City, Tampa, Temple Terrace, and HART’s Chairman. The group will hold a series of workshops to discuss Hillsborough County’s…

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CCC endorses Top 10 transportation initiatives for our region

In a historic meeting on March 15, the council of MPOs, known as the MPO Chairs Coordinating Committee, representing the eight counties in West Central Florida agreed on the next big things in transportation. The action came after the list of ten strategic initiatives was independently endorsed by each of the region’s MPOs.   The…

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Gateway Rail Project wins Regional Award of Distinction

On March 25th, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council awarded the Tampa Port Authority its 2012 Charles A. McIntosh, Jr. Award of Distinction for the Tampa Gateway Rail Terminal project. The Gateway Rail Facility supports national and State of Florida renewable energy policies by promoting domestic ethanol production and reducing dependence on foreign energy sources….

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Join us to discuss East Hillsborough Avenue

East Hillsborough Avenue, from Interstate 275 to east of 50th Street, was identified through the MPO’s Congestion Management/Crash Mitigation Process as an important multimodal corridor with persistent safety and mobility issues. In addition to serving as an essential roadway connecting two interstates, Dale Mabry Highway, and northern Pinellas County, Hillsborough Avenue will be part of…

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MPO endorses crash reduction strategies

In March, the MPO Board received a study on strategies to reduce crashes on some of Hillsborough County’s most heavily-traveled roads. One way to alleviate traffic congestion is to make it less unpredictable by reducing the frequency and severity of crashes which can cause delay and a host of other social and economic impacts.  Another…

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Better transit to Westshore, Tampa International Airport and beyond

The Westshore business district and Tampa International Airport (TIA) could be a focus for rapid transit connections, if planned projects come to pass. These plans include FDOT’s study for a rapid transit connection from Pinellas as part of a new span for the Howard Frankland Bridge, TBARTA’s study of BRT or express buses in the…

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